Cornell Tech is a new graduate campus of Cornell University that brings together faculty, students, business leaders and tech entrepreneurs in a catalytic environment to reinvent the way we live in the digital age.
A hallmark of Cornell Tech is a rapid pace of change and growth, which serve as opportunities to pursue excellence and improvement, not merely scale. We iterate to learn quickly from our activities and to improve our programs and ways of working. We further expect our organizational structure to continue to change, given the pace of our activities and programs and our iterative learning process. We see Cornell Tech serving as a model organization for our students, demonstrating the operations of a highly effective, dynamic, information-age organization.
Under the direction of the Director of Finance, and as a key member of the finance team, the financial specialist will actively participate in quarterly forecasting, annual budgeting, and year-end close activities across Cornell Tech, with emphasis on compensation and personnel-related costs.
The financial specialist will work closely with HR, Student Services, and other campus leadership to fully understand faculty teaching loads in order to accurately plan for and measure detailed instructional personnel budgets. This includes salary distribution and costing, summer salaries, sabbatical planning, extra compensation, visiting faculty/adjuncts and faculty external agreements such as eCornell and executive education.
The financial specialist will work closely with organizational directors to prepare timely and accurate quarterly personnel financial reports, periodic forecasts, annual budgets, and long range plans. Assists with reconciling budget/actual compensation, and prepares and executes financial transfers internally and externally, as directed.
The financial specialist will additionally be responsible for the appointment, costing, and reconciliation of all student and hourly positions, working in collaboration with the Research Administration and Student Services teams to ensure accuracy and completion. The incumbent will be responsible for tracking, reconciling and distributing tuition revenue associated with the Cornell Tech PhD programs.
The financial specialist will also provide backup and support to fellow team members as may be necessary to meet departmental demands and deadlines.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent; at least 3-5 years of related experience
Must be comfortable working both independently and as part of a team
Must be detail oriented, organized, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to approach sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy, exercising a high degree of professional judgement
Able to handle confidential and sensitive information with professionalism and discretion
Must be comfortable working in a rapidly changing environment and able to adapt well to change
Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Excel, Word, and Outlook)
Accounting, HR, finance, business, or administration related degree
Masters degree; additional relevant experience in excess of 5 years
Experience in higher education or other non-profit environment
Experience in Longview, KFS, Workday, and/or OBIEE
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Finance Specialist III
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